I say it every year but I’m saying it again: Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I am especially looking forward to this one, I want nothing more than to hunker down with a tasty feast that will last me the whole weekend. This year we don’t even have anyone coming over so I can wear pajamas all day. I also love all the pre-Thanksgiving meals up to the big day. Now, it’s become tradition to go to Mr. Natural the night before and then Wheatsville has been having Wednesday Thanksgiving on the hot bar for weeks.
Meanwhile on another end of town, Counter Culture has had their fabulous Thanksgiving sandwich on the specials menu last week and Sue has promised more fun stuff in the days leading up to the holiday.
If you are looking to purchase meals for Thanksgiving Day the Happy Vegan Baker has a whole array of items to choose from to create a 100% hassle free feast. She does pot pies or stuffed acorn squash for the main course so I bet it would be perfect for GFers and E2. Inge’s whole menu can be made with accommodations for dietary restrictions. She also has Pumpkin Cheesecake and Maple Pecan Pie!
Mr. Natural and Wheatsville will also sell you whatever you need, they both have extensive vegan menus to chose from. This Saturday, the 17th. Wheatsville is doing their sampler. If you have never tried it before you should go. Last year I bought a couple of side dishes from them and it was fabulous.
I got my vegan pie, though, from Capital City Bakery and this year they are selling pumpkin, chocolate cream, and sweet potato pecan. Since last years was so fabulous I am getting another one this year. They sell them both in pie size and in mini pie size and we have had a hard time deciding which one to get. Last year, the pumpkin was perfect but I know everyone loves her chocolate cream and sweet potato pecan. Decisions decisions.
I tried the gardein roast last night and it wasn’t bad but it wasn’t great either so I think I’m going to stick with a homemade roast this year. Here is my menu so far but it is subject to change
PPK Seitan Roast stuffed with shitakes and leeks
Garlic Smashed Potatoes
Miso Glazed Brussels Sprouts
Diner Dressing (we loved the recipe from Vegan Diner last year)
Sage Gravy (also from Vegan Diner)
Cranberry Orange Almond relish (from Wheatsville)
Pumpkin Pie for dessert from Capital City But I might get two pies.
I’m getting hungry just thinking about it.
Great veggie ideas ~ Your menu sounds perfect and I am adding your brussels sprouts to our menu!
Your Wheatsville hot bar plates are always killer looking. And I’m jealous of my T-day menu! Since we’re spending the holiday with G’s family, I’m having to shift my expectations a little. Sigh. One year, they’ll come to me, one year.
That hot bar plate from Wheatville looks fantastical! I love holiday food so much!
That seitan roast may be the tastiest-looking thing I have ever seen. Definitely making that now (as we scramble to figure out our menu)!
Casa de Luz is also open on Thanksgiving. Here’s the menu:
Thanksgiving Menu: ($14)
11:30 A.M. to 8:00 P.M.
(Breakfast 7 am to 10 am ~ $7)
Fresh Garden Greens Salad with Sunflower Basil Dressing
Mix Beans and Vegetables, Minestrone Soup
Apple & Raisins Quinoa Stuffing, seasoned with Onions, Celery, Walnut & Herbs
2 Real Cranberry Sauces, One Sweet & One Tart
Sweet Mashed Potatoes with Roasted Pecans smothered in White Almond Coconut-milk Sauce
Kale & Collards Greens with Crunchy Sesame Ginger Sauce
Almondine Green Beans with Garlic
Three-week Slow Pickled Onion and Beet